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11 Piano Lessons in 9 Minutes from Iconic Jazz Pianist Earl “Fatha” Hines

A brief history of jazz piano techniques.

Earl “Fatha” Hines (December 28, 1903–April 22, 1983) is considered by many the most influential jazz pianist of all time. In this fantastic vintage television segment, Fatha explains his influences through delightful and fascinating biographical anecdotes and, in the process, offers what’s essentially eleven piano technique lessons in just nine minutes. Marvel and enjoy:

For more on Fatha’s legacy and key role in shaping jazz, see Ted Gioia’s sweeping The History of Jazz, then revisit Herman Leonard’s stunning vintage photographs of jazz icons.

Published August 23, 2011




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